EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The Federal Aviation Administration dedicated a new research center at the William J. Hughes Technical Center Thursday that could help change the way that airport runaways are built.
The new $8 million National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center and Safety Building at the William G. Hughes Technical Center allows engineers to use a custom-designed vehicle simulator to test asphalt and other pavement materials at very high tire pressures and temperatures, officials said.
“All of the research done at this facility will benefit aviation for years to come,’‘ said Eduardo Angeles, associate administrator for the airports for the administration.
The $4.2 million simulator is 129-feet long and weighs 240,000 pounds.
“You want to learn about the pavement’s behavior in a short period of time,” said Navneet Garg, project manager for the pavement section of the administration. “We are trying to show 20 years of force in a short period of time.”
The new center will enable the administration to research environmentally-friendly airport pavement materials such as warm-mix and recycled asphalt pavements. The goal of the administration is to expand the use of “greener” materials, and pavement materials that can be modified to enhance pavement durability, workability and strength.